Usman Nurmagomedov’s reign of dominance continues on.
It took less than a minute for Nurmagomedov to get the fight to the ground. Once there, he did not rush things. He was patient and slowly but surely advanced himself to a dominant position.
After a few minutes on the canvas, Nurmagomedov gained control of Pietila’s back. While the Finnish fighter fended off the first submission attempt, Nurmagomedov quickly switched his grips and cranked. It only took a few seconds for the tap and Nurmagomedov’s third promotional win to be sealed.
Pietila’s name is added to a list with Manny Muro and Mike Hamel, whom Nurmagomedov defeated in his first two Bellator bouts. Through three fights, Nurmagomedov has one submission, one TKO and one unanimous decision. The 23-year-old lightweight is the younger cousin of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who cornered the fight Saturday.
As for Pietila, the defeat was his second straight and his third in five outings. Bellator 269 marked only the second time he has been submitted.
The latest Bellator 269 results include:
Usman Nurmagomedov def. Patrik Pietila via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:06
Anatoly Tokov def. Sharaf Davlatmurodov via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Kirill Sidelnikov def. Rab Truesdale via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:01
Katarzyna Sadura def. Darina Mazdyuk via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:17
Irina Alekseeva def. Stephanie Page via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Nikita Mikhailov def. Brian Moore via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexey Shurkevich def. Grachik Bozinyan via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:25
Aiden Lee def. Alexander Osetrov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:41